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Broadband and Regional Planning: Paths to Productivity in Civic Economy and Public Works
September 12, 2012
How do we best plan for the future in local communities and surrounding regions, using broadband infrastructure and tools?
That is, how can in Illinois reduce costs for citizens, businesses and government, and improve lives and the local economy in a competitive world, using broadband infrastructure and outreach networks?
Following are links to help broadband adoption and use programs to develop partnership arrangements with private and public infrastructure stakeholders. Effective business plans start with “common activities” of project cooperation, data sharing, joint financing and revenue-sharing. These links will highlight the roles of multi-county regional planning agencies, as one form of public-private partnership, working with PCI eTeams in 10 regions of Illinois, to help start and nurture broadband “supply + demand” projects.
Excitingly, there are new resources to help many audiences envision-the-future in community scenarios and to help regional planners and community anchor institutions alike invest in cost-saving and revenue-generating multi-year initiatives. They can help community anchor institution “plan and implement” partnerships with Gigabit-level universities, communication carriers, businesses, transportation-related developments and utilities.
- Broadband Planning Videos, Print and Online Tools: Stop, Look and Listen!
First, citizens and planners can use state of the art “envision the future” tools to think through community scenarios and develop relations which can lead to partnerships. See Betaville tools for citizen collaboration for urban design. Last year, it was presented at the MAS (Municipal Art Society of New York?) NYC Summit by Carl Skelton of NYU/Poly (mostly) and Norman Jacknis, director of Cisco public sector research.(a bit). The 20 minute video of the presentation (although not the discussion that followed) is available at t: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c0vzSJucQto directly or through http://mas.org/video/city-research-studio-betaville-new-york-community-urban-planning/ A four minute presentation that is more about the software can be found at: http://vimeo.com/19298415 There’s also a longer video at http://vimeo.com/37300439
Second, there’s a new book Planning and Broadband — Infrastructure, Policy and Sustainability — prepared as a report by American Planning Association’s Planning Advisory Service. Authored by longtime planners and researchers Kathleen McMahon , Ronald L. Thomas and Charles Kaylor it is now available from APA publications.
See also the APA National Infrastructure Task Force Report October 2010 and its
Framework for linking utilities (including communications) planning and investment with other transportation and public works (roads, bridges, waterways) in local and regional areas http://www.planning.org/policy/infrastructure/
Third, there are a number of on-line “broadband and planning” video presentations,
including those since 2008 at APA Chicago Tuesday program series. These
have included “Broadband 101 for Planners and Community Leaders,”presentation by
parties such as Ron Thomas, the retired executive director of Northeastern Illinois
Planning Commission (now merged into Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) and
Joe Mambretti of International Center for Advanced Internet Research www.icair.org at
Northwestern University, and a co-chair of Infrastructure and Access Committee of
Illinois Broadband Deployment Council. See September 2008 APA Chicago Tuesday
Local Planning for Broadband Infrastructure Ron Thomas, Layton Olson
See 101 + Events video archive of many planning presentations and other events by
Digital Workforce Education Society www.digibridge.org
See resources on the use of rights of way prepared by Rita Stull, nationally-experienced
Right of way planner for both telecommunications and electricity installations. TeleDimensions – Juliet (Joint underground location of infratructure for electricl and telecommunications)
For an introduction to the language and definitions of broadband, utility, transport and public works infrastructure, see the article Refining Regional Risk in the 21st Century, by long time Illinois-based IT infrastructure consultant Jim Carlini. It appears (see page 5) of Center for Infrastucture and Homeland Security in the George Mason University’s School of Law CIP Report. This is designed as a guide for those involved in determining and prioritizing public/private projects.
Finally, the history of Partnership for a Connected Illinois1996 -2011, written in early 2012 by Drew Clark, executive director of PCI and Layton Olson provides many examples of consumer demand and supply side cooperation with goals of expanding Broadband for all and investing in American competitiveness. It appeared in the Spring 2012 publication of the Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division of the American Planning Association _______.
- Regional planning, transportation and funding for planning infrastructure utilities – including broadband
Illinois Association of Regional Councils, based in Springfield, is our state’s association of multi-county pubic-private partnerships for regional planning. It works with public-private planning partnerships in many Federally and state-funded public works (transportation, water/sewer, public safety) and public investment (economic development, housing, health) major capital projects www.ilarconline.org
Regional multi-county regional planning has been required for decades by the Federal government to be sure Federal transportation, economic development and other infrastructure funding is coordinated for long-term results. Planning has been both required and funded through so-called “allowable cost” formulas for specific priority plans, such as for the extensive work in setting priorities at states and localities set 5 year transportation infrastructure engineering and construction budgets. Regional planning agencies also host many GIS professional associations, with interests in broadband mapping for use in planning and local decision-making.
While, to date, no such “allowable costs” language for communication and utility infrastructure planning has been included in Federal legislation, the recently enacted 27 month Federal surface transportation act, however, does include a small special program for Transit-oriented development planning. As broadband and other utility planning is often linked with transportation planning, such as through so-called “dig once” mandates by Federal, state and local agencies, there are opportunities in Illinois for regional planning agencies to work with broadband infrastructure + use partnerships, such as PCI and its eTeams in 10 DCEO regions.
Beginning in 2009 Illinois Department of Transportation began working under legislative authority to work with other state agencies for a statewide fiber conduit network. See http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=060500050K9-131). IDOT, Illinois Tollway and others are now providing leadership for Illinois Broadband Deployment Council to compile “dig once” best practices, draft ordinances and other resources to help county and city agencies, potentially including training programs assisted by regional planning agencies.
On June 13, President Obama signed an executive order to coordinate Federal agency programs, facilities and highways to extend low cost, high performance fiber across the nation. This includes working with states and localities to cut the costs of fiber installation by 90 percent through “dig once” initiatives whenever construction takes place on roads, utilities and Federally-affected buildings. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/13/we-can-t-wait-president-obama-signs-executive-order-make-broadband-const
On June 14 at a White House event he joined with US Ignite public-private and university coalition to announce several Gigabit applications projects, designed to help business competitiveness, learning access, civic engagement and productivity. See http://us-ignite.org/
The Illinois impact of Right of Way cooperation and other public-private cooperation on infrastructure are topics of upcoming Illinois Broadband Deployment Council meetings, along with initiatives like Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge, with decisions coming up in fall 2012.
- The future of broadband-linked Regional Planning includes Southern Lake Michigan 3-state planning
Where to begin? There are opportunities for Illinois to begin broadband-based regional planning during the time leading up to the April 2013 American Planning Association’s national conference in Chicago. These activities can include multi-state planning for 3-state Southern Lake Michigan region, including in planning among already-linked community response and public safety communication parties, everyday and in times of emergency.
See recent coverage of growing importance of regional planning cooperation among mayors of Chicago, Milwaukee, Gary, Indiana and other towns. In Indiana http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/regional-learning-needed-for-gary-development-mayor-says/article_23d9dc06-31ee-5b28-90bc-af40fbe3a56b.html
With David Shafer, Muenster Indiana’s Clerk-Treasurer, Town of Munster, Indiana http://www.munster.org/department/division.php?fDD=2-154 as the incoming President of the National Association of Regional Councils www.narc.org , there are Local opportunities to put the topic of Broadband and Regional Planning on the Illinois-Wisconsin-Indiana agenda now
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